- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Campbell County jail population has swelled to its second-highest level ever, more than doubling since 2012.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/1QnRdQa ) that in 2015, the Campbell County Detention Center reached a population of 2014, only five fewer inmates than the jail’s highest ever population of 219 in 2009, when the jail housed defendants from a mass arrest.

Capt. Terry Cheairs says with an average of 200 inmates every day, housing inmates now costs more than $9 million a year.

Cheairs says the rise in inmate populations is because offenders are posting bond less often and because more inmates are being held for longer periods of time while they await court dates or transfers to the state penitentiary.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com


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